Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – The 2016 New Jersey Golden Gloves tournament kicks off Saturday, March 4th, at Toms River South High School will a full slate of action on the card.
There are several returning champions, but this year’s tournament will not include amateur standout and Newark native Shakur Stevenson, who recently qualified for the 2016 U.S Olympic Boxing team.
Amateur veteran standout Leroy Davila, who won the 108lb championship last year, failed to make the U.S. Olympic team, as his amateur career has come to a close back in February.
The 132lb sub-novice division and 141lb is fully of talent all the way around. In 2015, Victor Padilla captured the 132lb title, while Aadam Ali (Bergen County PAL) garnered the 141lb title and in the process earned “Outstanding Boxer” of the tournament after he dispatched a gritty John Bauza (Ringside BC) in a very competitive and controversial match.
“We have several stacked divisions this year, and we had to turn some kids away, because they missed the registration,” said NJ Golden Gloves President Dan Doyle on Friday.
The tournament will run all the way to April 30th when the Pershing Field House in Jersey City hosts the finals for a second straight year.
“We are very excited that Jersey City and the community will be involved again in the finals,” added Doyle.
JMB will have weekly results posted as well.